Alan Scott (1933-2016)
Dr. Alan Scott, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences from 1958-1984, passed away on May 29, 2016, in Round Rock, Texas.
Alan was born on December 26, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois to Marvin and Prudence Scott. He spent his childhood in Lincoln, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Ph.D. in Geology. After college, he moved to Austin, Texas to teach at the University of Texas where he influenced generations of petroleum geologists.
“All who were taught or supervised by Al or worked with him remember him vividly as an excellent teacher, supervisor, scientist and faculty member,” said Jackson School Dean Sharon Mosher. “He was greatly missed when he left the department and is asked about frequently by alumni.”
Former student Steve Speer remembered Alan as an inspiration for those he taught.
“The world’s a far lesser place with the passing of one of the finest mentors I have had the pleasure of experiencing in my entire life. Dr. Alan J. Scott was a dynamic inspiration, both professionally and personally, in so many ways to not only me, but all of the “Dirty Dozen” as he liked to call our group of graduate students whom he advised back in the early 80’s heyday at the end of his teaching stint for the UT Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences,” Speer said. “My prayers and thoughts are with his family, both immediate and worldwide, because he certainly created himself a wonderful family of friends and admirers everywhere throughout his distinguished teaching career. A truly great man and friend.”
After leaving The University if Texas at Austin, Alan worked as a consultant for several oil companies in Colorado and in The Woodlands, Texas. Alan is survived by his wife Lilian Scott-Baer of Boulder, CO; daughter, Diana and her husband Jim Moskal of Georgetown, TX; daughter, Liese Scott of Round Rock, TX; step-daughter Renata Tyree of The Woodlands, TX; step-son Scott Tyree.
Alan was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Scott and mother, Prudence Blood Scott and brothers Chuck Scott and Merrill Scott.